"Life" is one of those rare moments when Gyllenhaal made a bad choice for his career. Maybe the top billing part was decisive in his actions. Anyway the movie sucked. When you have available a script that dumb, you really can't make much (good things), no matter what your name is. Those few characters didn't stand a chance because of some stupid choices they made so easily.The ending was awful... the whole movie was!
Borrows heavily from other sci-fi films without adding anything new to the genre. It wants to be Alien so badly but breaks any beliefs by raising the stakes from ‘these likeable characters could die’ to ‘Earth will be KILLED!’. Could have been passable if the ending wasn’t a godawful, predictable, stupid mess.
Yes it's a little derivative of Alien / Event Horizon / Sunshine etc but Espinosa directs with real passion and complete understanding of what makes a sci-fi film work. Provides a roller coaster of tension as the fantastic cast are picked off by a well written alien beastie, unlike Alien the situation is entirely the fault of the crew, something carried forward into a brilliantly cynical suckered punch of an ending.
An entertaining Alien ripoff updated for the modern viewer. I personally don't really enjoy many films after the 70s let alone the 80s, but I thought this one could've been worse. The monster reminded me a bit of a miniature version of the Cloverfield monster. Would I watch again? No. Was I entertained? For the most part yea even though predictable. 3 stars, lots of clunkers this year, in comparison its quite good.
Not very good narratively or aesthetically. I suppose it is better than some of the entries in the Alien franchise, mostly by virtue of its shorter running time, but that doesn't really afford much in the way of bragging rights, now does it? The film's best part is the ending, which is especially unexpected given how closely the first 90 minutes hew to Gravity.